† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.
and you can request to participate in this ride.
The Texas Hill Country is a favorite of cyclists for its wealth of quiet ranch to market roads, rugged scenery, and variety of quintessentially Texan experiences.
“The Whole Enchilada” begins and ends in historic and vibrant San Antonio. The first riding day winds along the San Antonio River through old neighborhoods, to the San Antonio Missions National Park, the Alamo and more. On the second riding day we will embark on a loop through the Hill Country, stopping for two nights in Boerne, a lovely German town, two nights at a guest ranch outside of Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of Texas” and on to Kerrville. We will spend four nights in Fredericksburg where you can choose from several rides, including a ride to Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock, Willow City Loop (“The Best Bike Ride in Texas” according to Bicycling Magazine), Little Switzerland (yes there are hills), and more. Our ride will continue along lightly travelled ranch to market roads, along ridge lines and up and down rolling hills to the sleepy town of Blanco, then past Canyon Lake to New Braunfels, and back to San Antonio.
RIDE RATING - 2B
If you select the suggested routes for the thirteen cycling days, you will average 44 miles and 2200 feet of climbing per day. There are longer and/or shorter options available for several of the days and six of the cycling days are loop rides, giving you the option to shorten the ride or take a rest day. One required day has a distance of 54 miles and an elevation gain of 3300 feet which exceeds the average distance of a 2B ride. All roads are paved and most are very lightly travelled. Many of the roads are paved with chip seal which has a bumpy ride. Riders should have a camel back or carry two bottles of water because there are limited services along some of the routes.
The Texas Hill Country typically has temperate weather in October with an average high of 80 degrees and an average low of 57 degrees. The average daily chance of rain is about 10%. There is typically a light breeze with an average wind speed of 5 mph. We may experience higher sustained winds in excess of 12 mph.
Lodging and Meals
In San Antonio we well stay at the Springhill Suites Downtown/Riverwalk. As we travel through the Hill Country, we will stay in historic inns, a guest ranch, the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg, a local resort hotel in Kerrville and the Best Western Plus in Blanco.
The ride starts and ends in San Antonio which is served by San Antonio International Airport. Happy Hour and Tour Orientation will be held in the Alamo Room of the Springhill Suites San Antonio Downtown/Riverwalk Area at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 4. Riders may use the Alamo Room as well as the Hotel Pool Area to gather and assemble their bicycles beginning at noon that day. Cars can be parked in the Springhill Suites parking lot during the tour for a charge of $5.00 per day. The tour will end after breakfast on Sunday, October 18. Bike rental is available in San Antonio. Contact information will be provided upon request. Tandems and e-bikes will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Talk with the leaders about this.
Cost & Administration
Estimated cost per person is $2210, plus the non-refundable BAC registration fee of $50. At the time of the initial deposit, the BAC ride registration fee is also due. The estimated cost includes fourteen nights lodging, four dinners, two lunches, fourteen breakfasts, fourteen happy hours, luggage vehicle, and links to maps, route sheets and GPS routing sheets. A deposit of $1100 is due at sign up and the remaining payment of $1110 is due July 1, 2020. The solo supplement is $1400.
Singles & Solo Policy
It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until December 1, 2019, to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the $1400 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary. The Ride Leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for this ride. Send solo supplement payments to the BAC office. Make out checks to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. Mail the check to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92123.
The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can’t be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Ride Participant Responsibility
Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from the Ride Leaders. While on the ride, support your Ride Leaders with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leaders informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
To submit a request to join this ride use the “links” displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability from and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and the initial tour deposit of $1100 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leaders, “click” the name at the top of this Ride Description.
Bicycle Adventure Club
PO BOX 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
Telephone (858) 715-9510 firstname.lastname@example.org